first_imgBelgium’s Alison van Uytvanck pulled off a huge upset on Thursday as she knocked out Wimbledon’s 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza and absolutely dominated the defending champion.However, there is another aspect of her fighting spirit that many people are not aware of.On Thursday, as she upset Muguruza showing immense spirit, she also put on a strong display later by coming out as a gay.Van Uytvanck is one of just three openly gay players on the women’s tour — the others being Sweden’s Johanna Larsson and Netherlands’ Richel van Hogenkamp.Also read – Wimbledon 2018: Defending champion Muguruza out, Simona Halep advancesShe opened up to her relationship with fellow player Greet Minnen and said she is not sick and does not have a disease.”I’m not sick. I don’t have a disease. But I just feel like it’s good that I could come out as a gay person,” Van Uytvanck told reporters.The Belgian world No.47 added that they are very happy together and did not want to keep it to themselves.”We just decided to not make it personal and not keep it for ourselves. I’m happy,” she said.Also read – What distracted Eugenie Bouchard during her first round Wimbledon win”I just feel like we don’t have to be ashamed of this, and that’s why I also want to be free.”Soon we are going to live together. We do feel super happy together and that’s what we will show to the world.”On the sport front, Van Uytvanck will next take on 28th seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia, who earlier beat USA’s Jennifer Brady 6-2, 7-6(4).advertisementAlso read – Wimbledon 2018: Marin Cilic knocked out, Nadal and Djokovic advanceOTHER RESULTS WOMEN’S SINGLES SEEDS ON DAY 4:Barbora Strycova (23) beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-4Angelique Kerber (11) beat Claire Liu 3-6, 6-2, 6-4Naomi Osaka (18) beat Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-4Ashleigh Barty (17) beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 7-5Daria Gavrilova (26) beat Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-1Carla Suarez Navarro (27) beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-1Elise Mertens (15) beat Sachia Vickery 6-1, 6-3Daria Kasatkina (14) beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-3Simona Halep (1) beat Zheng Saisai 7-5, 6-0Johanna Konta (22) lost to Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 4-6Jelena Ostapenko (12) beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-3last_img read more

first_imgEuropean soccer’s governing body UEFA launched a five-year plan for women’s football on Friday, aiming to double the number of women and girls playing the sport by 2024.The strategy aims to raise the number of women and girls playing soccer in UEFA’s 55 member associations to 2.5 million and significantly boost the profile and value of the women’s Euro championship and Champions League.”Women’s football is the football of today, it’s not the football of tomorrow,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement on Friday.”It’s UEFA’s duty, to empower the women’s game.”UEFA will put significant financial investment into the sport, underlining that it dares to aim high and make European football as great as it can be.”The plan also aims to improve player welfare by establishing standard agreements for internationals and putting safeguarding policies in place as well as doubling the amount of female representation on all UEFA bodies.UEFA reported a 50% rise in the number of professional female players since 2017 and said twice as many women are now working in managerial positions across its national associations.”The actions that we propose and commit to in 2019 will lead to a greater, more professional and more prosperous game by 2024,” Ceferin added.The Women’s Champions League final between Lyon and Barcelona takes place in Budapest on Saturday.Also Read | Qatar brings first new World Cup stadium to life as FIFA mulls expansionAlso Read | Real Madrid sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht FrankfurtAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgManchester City Aguero adds to contract confusion: I don’t know when my Man City deal ends! Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 01:00 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The Argentine is happy at the club after some initial struggles under Pep Guardiola, but his contract situation is still shrouded in mystery Sergio Aguero believes he is in the form of his life after breaking the Manchester City scoring record, but has once again added to the confusion over his contract situation by saying he “doesn’t know” how many years are left on his current deal.Aguero surpassed Eric Brook’s tally, which had stood for 78 years, by notching his 178th goal for City in their 4-2 win at Napoli on Wednesday evening.Aguero 2/1 to bag 2+ v Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Argentine has scored at least 28 goals in five of his six full seasons in England, including a personal high of 34 under Pep Guardiola last season, and his achievement will be recognised with a presentation before Sunday’s game against Arsenal.And, with nine goals in 11 outings so far in the current campaign, Aguero believes he is at the top of his game right now.”Yeah, I think so,” he replied when asked by reporters about his form. “This year I think we are playing very good, but the other years are different because now we have a different manager, different players. This year is new, new players came and we are very good. I think this squad is stronger now.”The season only recently started, two-and-a-half months or so ago, so there’s still a long way to go. Individually and collectively I think we’ve started very well, and we have to continue like this because, as we all know, there are a lot of games in England and we have to be in good physical shape for what is to come.”Sergio Aguero Manchester City burnleyAguero has not always seen eye-to-eye with Guardiola since the Catalan arrived at the club last summer, though his performances and goal output over the past year serve as proof that he has taken his coach’s ideas on board.And although the 29-year-old’s future appears to be in Manchester, despite he himself suggesting that he could be moved on earlier this year, the circumstances surrounding his current agreement with the club are still far from clear.Aguero extended his contract for one year, until 2020, over 18 months ago, but an official announcement has never been made by the club.When asked in February when his deal expires, Aguero said 2020, but has since told Argentine media that it is in fact 2019.Asked if he could clear up the situation on Wednesday evening, he only muddied the waters further.”I don’t know, I don’t remember,” he said with a smile. “2019 I think, I will have to go and check again now.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa manager Smith wary of Norwichby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith is wary of Norwich City and the threat they pose to his side.As two of the teams that were promoted last season, Villa and Norwich know that every point is vital in the Premier League.And a game between the two sides could be seen as a six pointer in the relegation battle.Smith wants to ensure his team are prepared to handle the attacking threat of Norwich.”Anybody who can beat Manchester City in this league is a team to be reckoned with and they’ve done that already at Carrow Road,” Smith said to reporters.”We know they’ve got firepower within their team and they are tough to play against. We had two tough games against them last season and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 [defeat] both times.”But they won’t have played against this Aston Villa and some of my players won’t have played against them before.”It’s a game we are looking forward to and I’m sure it’s a game both sides will be looking at to get three points.” last_img read more

first_imgTennessee's head coach Jeremy Pruitt on the sideline for Tennessee.COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers could have gotten off to a better start to the 2019 college football season. And that’s an understatement.Tennessee is on the verge of a disastrous upset loss to Georgia State, as the Volunteers are trailing, 35-23, late in the fourth quarter.Expectations were decently high for Pruitt as he entered his second season with the program. The Vols were coming off a 5-7 season in Year 1, though a bowl game appearance was expected this year.It’s early, of course, but things are not looking good for Pruitt.Tennessee fans are not happy.“Building a football program in the SEC is hard but this is bad on a different level. At this point, Jeremy Pruitt does not deserve to coach this team,” one fan tweeted.“Massive red flag for Jeremy Pruitt today. I learned a long time ago not to ignore red flags. This is a big one,” another added.Pruitt, a former assistant under Nick Saban, deserves time to get things going in Knoxville. However, the panic button might be getting hit by some.Jeremy Pruitt 🤦🏻‍♂️. I have no words.— Jared Stillman (@JaredStillman) August 31, 2019Pruitt wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in the first half and things have only gotten worse since.“Well, we got a lot of youth on the defensive side of the ball,” Pruitt said on ESPNU. “Offensively, we’ve turned the ball over, put the ball on the ground a couple of times, gave them a short field right there and they stuck it in. One drive, we get a penalty and we don’t execute on third down but you’ve got to give their guys credit, they are doing a nice job.”Tennessee faces another tough opponent in Week 2. The Vols are set to host BYU at 7 p.m. E.T. next Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgCali COQUITOIngredients2 cups Caliche rum (you can use more or less rum depending on taste)1 can (15/16 oz.) coconut cream1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk1 tsp. vanilla extract¼ tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tbsp. ground nutmegMix all ingredients in a blender at high speed. Transfer to a lidded, non-reactive container and refrigerate for a mínimum of two hours. Serve cold in small glasses or cups. Sip and enjoy. Yields about 2 liters of Coquito.The St. Germain Cocktail Ingredients2 oz. Cointreau1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice3 oz. Fresh Apple CiderPinch of nutmeg Build all ingredients over ice in a highball glass. Stir well and garnish with apple slices. Created by Heather Johnson of The Meatball ShopIngredients1 1/2 oz. Reyka Vodka1 oz. Persimmon Syrup3/4 oz. Lemon Juice1 dash Angostura BittersShake all ingredients with ice vigorously and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.Sugar, Wild Turkey Spiced and Everything NiceIngredients2 oz. Wild Turkey Spiced1 oz. Fresh Red Apple Puree.75 oz. Lemon Juice.75 oz. Cinnamon Syrup (recipe below)Shake hard, double strain and serve up in cocktail glass with apple fan and cinnamon dust.Cinnamon Syrup2 cups water6 smashed cinnamon sticks.Bring to boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let sit 20 minutes. Stir in 2 cups sugar and heat to dissolve. Do not boil. Strain, cool and store.Woodford Reserve Citrus ManhattanIngredients1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon3/4 oz. simple syrup3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice½ oz. fresh orange juice1 pinch ground clovesDash of Woodford Reserve Aromatic BittersOrange twist, to garnishIn a mixing glass, combine Woodford Reserve bourbon, simple syrup, juices, ground cloves and bitters. Add ice and stir. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.The Kraken CiderIngredients1 part Kraken Rum2 1⁄2 parts hot apple ciderMix all ingredients in a mug and stir. Oh the holidays: a time for family, friends and having an excuse to be buzzed more than usual. This time of year, it seems there is a different celebration every day, and we certainly aren’t complaining. Whether you are throwing a festive party for friends or trying to tune out Aunt Mabel telling the same crazy story AGAIN, one thing is always certain: you need strong cocktails.So to help you out, we asked some of our favorite brands and mixologists to make us the perfect holiday cocktails that won’t just please you but a crowd as well. Whether they have a little more spice then usual or a celebratory splash of champagne, tis the season for bottoms up. Check them out below and get your holiday buzz going strong.Reyka Sippin Persinnamon Montelobos Mountain DoveIngredients1 1/2 oz. Montelobos3/4 oz. Lillet Rose3/4 oz. Strawberry Simple Syrup1 1/2 oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice1 1/2 oz. Soda Water Combine ingredients (except soda water) and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a tall glass prepared with a half salt rim. Top with soda water and garnish with a lime wheel. Ingredients2 parts MARTINI Prosecco1½ parts St. Germain2 parts Club SodaStir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist. Variation: Think of Sartre circa 1947. Be the lemon twist. Learn the Art of Classic Tiki Cocktails with these 8 Essential Recipes How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail 11 Most Appealing Banana Liqueur Cocktails on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations Cointreau Apple Crisp 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

first_imgMay 29, 2014 zoom Kongsberg Maritime AS (KONGSBERG) has been awarded a Project Specific Agreement including FEED for delivery of Safety and Automation (SAS) systems to the four Johan Sverdrup field platforms by Statoil Petroleum AS.The Project Specific Agreement includes an option for delivery of Safety and Automation Equipment including detail engineering services and commissioning services. The agreement is subject to Statoil final investment decision.The deliveries will be based on Kongsberg Maritime’s proven core SAS technology for Process Control, Power Distribution Control, Process Shutdown, Emergency Shutdown and Fire & Gas systems.The latest generations of Kongsberg Maritime SAS technology for production, integration, presentation, simulation, training and operation are also included.“KONGSBERG has installed similar systems on 10 Statoil production platforms today and we are pleased to be selected as the supplier for this important project,” said Geir Håøy, President, Kongsberg Maritime.“This is a major contract for KONGSBERG and further strengthens our position as a major supplier of our core automation and safety products to the offshore production market,” said Mr. Håøy.last_img read more

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: SAAM Chilean port, logistics and towage services provider SAAM saw a significant increase in profit for the first quarter of 2019 on the back of a new operating model which was introduced last year.While revenue for the the quarter ending March 31 was USD 129.3 million, a 2 percent increase compared to the USD 126.7 million achieved in the same period a year before, SAAM reported a profit of USD 17.9 million during the first quarter of 2019. For the first three months of 2018, the company reported a profit of USD 8.1 million.Excluding extraordinary effects in both periods, the result represents a growth of 57 percent, the company said.“The positive first quarter results reflect the concrete effects of the operating model we have been implementing since last year, which has enabled us to improve profitability, deliver better service and project the company’s future growth from a more solid foundation,” Macario Valdés, SAAM CEO, explained.Highlights for the quarter include closing a deal to purchase all joint operations with Boskalis in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Brazil, and the sale of the company’s minority interest in Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA).The company added it would invest USD 80 million primarily to maintain infrastructure and equipment in the port terminals and towage divisions in 2019.SAAM’s Port Terminals Division reported improved results, led by Terminal Portuario Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Florida International Terminal (FIT). Sales totaled USD 70.9 million, up 12 percent from the first quarter of 2018.The Towage Division, in turn, reported sales of USD 46.5 million, a 3 percent drop. The Logistics Division posted revenue of USD 12.7 million, a 22 percent decrease compared to the same period a year before. SAAM said this division’s improved results can be explained by efforts to focus operations on value-added trucking, air and warehousing solutions.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – A Canadian captain made history Monday by becoming the first female infantry officer to lead the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.Megan Couto led her unit —the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry or “The Patricia’s” — in the ceremony, an event witnessed by thousands of tourists annually.“I’m just focusing on doing my job as best I can and staying humble,” said Couto, 24. “Any of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be captain of the queen’s guard and I’m equally honoured.”The unit was invited to Britain to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.The role of Mounting The Queen’s Guard usually falls to the British Army’s Household Division, which is part of the male-dominated infantry division.“While Captain Megan Couto of Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is the first female infantry officer to undertake the role, it has been performed by female officers before,” the army said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing a British Army female infantry captain of the queen’s guard when roles are opened up to women by the end of next year.”Canadian women have been allowed to serve in the infantry since the 1980s.The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is based in Manitoba, Canada. The unit is named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, a granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. This story has been corrected to give the spelling of captain’s last name as Couto instead of Cuoto, and to specify that Couto is the first female infantry officer, not the first woman.last_img read more

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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsDelilah Saunders, a young Inuk woman from Labrador who has also been an advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is in a fight for her own life in Ottawa.Family and friends say Saunders, 26, whose sister was Loretta Saunders, a university student who was murdered, is in need of a liver transplant.“What the doctors are saying is that she’s very sick and that she’s needing an intervention that they’re not willing or at least from an organizational policy level, they’re not willing to give her,” said friend Kelly Morrissey.“And that intervention would be a liver transplant.Saunders is the younger sister of Loretta Saunders who was murdered in Halifax in 2014.Since her murder, she has been a strong voice for murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and was a member of the MMIWG family advisory circle.Delilah was also a land and water protector.Last year she participated in a hunger strike over the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in her home of Labrador.Saunders was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 9.“She was complaining of nausea,” said Morrissey. “She was definitely really sick at that time, but she was ambulatory, she was walking around, she was talking, obviously in a lot of distress, but we had no idea that it would, we would be at this point here today.”Saunders has been diagnosed with acute liver failure due to the use of Tylenol in conjunction with alcohol consumption.“She’s not eligible because of this policy where they do not give people with a history of substance abuse livers,” said friend Rebecca Moore. “Essentially they told us her livers failed she needs a new one and she’s not going to get it.”Her friends are advocating for a liver transplant to save her life.They have a petition demanding that Saunders be accepted as a liver transplant candidate.“What we’re hoping for is to put pressure on Trillium Gift of Life Foundations that controls all the policies around organs donation here in Ontario,” said Moore. “And what we’re what we’re hoping for is we want them to waive the policy for Delilah and to accept her as a patient.”The Gift of Life Network said its policy on six months abstinence from alcohol is a commonly used protocol.The petition has 3,000 signatures on it according to Saunders’ friends.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgFormer prime minister Stephen Harper apologized to students of Indian residential schools in 2007. Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsFred Thomas says residential school ruined his life.“There were 14 suicides in my family – can the government explain that and apologize?” he said.So Thomas won’t be cutting any cake to mark Monday’s 10-year anniversary of the government’s official apology.“Nothing much has changed,” added the former student from northwestern Ontario.“When you apologize you follow up with action. Just like when you’re drunk; when you’re sober you apologize to your family for your actions.”Mary Aubichon agrees.She attended a Métis residential school in northern Saskatchewan that was not recognized by the federal government. So she was unable to apply for the financial compensation offered First Nations’ survivors.“This has been going on too long for us,” she said of her groups’ struggle for damages.“Somebody’s stalling…it seems like we’re running into walls here all the time.”So that’s her message to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians alike – follow up the words “I’m sorry” with action.“It’s time that we get recognized,” she said.The apology was part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement that resolved a class-action lawsuit filed by residential school survivor and former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine.It was the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history.It provided money for commemoration, healing and compensation for 86,000 First Nations children forced to attend the schools between 1879 and 1996.And it established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which gathered survivor testimony to help Canadians understand the damage inflicted.“In that short space of time a lot has happened but there’s still so much to do,” said survivor Garnet Angeconeb of the last decade.“We are just beginning in many ways.”Marilyn Courchene of Manitoba says she was five when an Indian agent threatened her parents with jail if they didn’t send her to the local day school.She says Canada has more to apologize for.Students of day schools – who allege they were taunted, beaten and sexually abused despite sleeping in their own beds at night – haven’t settled their class-action lawsuit with the government.And victims of forced adoption to non-Indigenous families – known as the ‘60s Scoop – are still fighting.“They have to say, ‘We will work on our racism towards Indigenous nations’,” Courchene said in a telephone interview.Asked if there’s any legacy of the last 10 years, Angeconeb points to the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action and the goal of renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.“It has brought many conversations to many dining room tables across the country,” he said from Ontario.“That’s the spirit of reconciliation at work.”last_img read more

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index retreated as the energy sector fell on a drop in oil prices, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 49.90 points at 15,144.14 in late-morning trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 36.89 points at 25,301,95. The S&P 500 index was up 3.55 points at 2,741.31, while the Nasdaq composite was up 18.43 points at 7,291.51.The Canadian dollar traded lower at 75.11 cents US compared with an average of 75.33 cents US on Thursday.The January crude contract was down 54 cents at US$50.91 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 11.1 cents US$4.53 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$5.00 at US$1,225.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.78 a pound. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

22 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the continued assistance of the United Nations to Liberia, which he said has made great strides in recovering from a brutal decade-long civil war, but still faces daunting challenges in areas such as security, rule of law and development, as he wrapped up a visit to the West African nation. “I have come to Liberia to see at first hand the remarkable achievements your country has made in recovering from a devastating conflict. And I have come to reassure the Liberian people of my steadfast commitment to peace, stability and prosperity in your nation,” Mr. Ban said in an address to a joint session of the Liberian legislature in the capital, Monrovia.“As the most representative legislature in the history of this country, you have a unique chance to build a national vision for a secure, peaceful and prosperous Liberia – one that provides opportunities for all its citizens,” he said.Mr. Ban outlined several areas where further progress is needed, including reforming the legal and judicial system and extending the rule of law throughout the country. He said more also needs to be done to reintegrate populations affected by war and promote reconciliation and national unity, as well as ensure economic development. “Delivering the peace dividend in these areas is necessary to underpin the stability that Liberia currently enjoys,” he noted. “In this and other challenges confronting Liberia, the entire United Nations family will work with you,” the Secretary-General pledged.The UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has begun the first phase of its drawdown process, and the Security Council will decide on the next phase after reviewing the progress made by the Government in meeting certain key benchmarks. Mr. Ban said his recommendations to the Council on the drawdown will be linked to the Government’s ability to assume full responsibility for its national security. “Our common strategic goal is to ensure that Liberia has a solid security sector – one that can stand on its own feet before UNMIL completes its withdrawal.”The Secretary-General also drew attention to surge in food prices, a major concern not only for Liberia, but also for the region and the world as a whole. Speaking to reporters later in the day, he said that “the recent worldwide protests over soaring global food prices have demonstrated the need for Liberia to meet the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] in order to be safe from the weaknesses of globalization while taking advantage from its myriad opportunities for growth and prosperity.” He added that it is regrettable that rape continues to be the most commonly committed crime in Liberia, and he called on community leaders, Government leaders, traditional chiefs, elders and prominent Liberians to take the lead in combating the scourge of rape and other acts of sexual and gender-based violence. Recently the UN joined forces with the Liberian Government and civil society groups in a nationwide anti-rape campaign.Upon arrival in Monrovia yesterday the Secretary-General was greeted by an honour guard and received the traditional Liberian gift of a live chicken and an egg, as well as a key to the city, making him an honorary citizen of the Liberian capital. He met this morning with Vice President Joseph Boakai, and with members of the cabinet, with whom he discussed the recovery efforts since the war and the challenges ahead for Liberia as well as the peacebuilding projects under way.Mr. Ban is now in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, where this evening he will meet with President Blaise Compaoré and Prime Minister Tertius Zongo. Burkina Faso is the third leg of a four-nation West Africa tour that began in Ghana and will conclude in Côte d’Ivoire. read more

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and a British partner are spending about $2.9 billion to acquire at 30% stake in one of Britain’s top ports managers.The deal with Hermes Infrastructure to acquire a share of Associated British Ports may increase by a further 3.33% subject to pre-emption rights.ABP is the U.K.’s leading ports group and owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales as a landlord port owner and operator.CPPIB buys 40 student residences in U.K for $2.1 billion as university enrollment hits recordCPPIB sees buying opportunities: WisemanCPPIB chief Mark Wiseman says Alibaba windfall was no ‘quick win’CPPIB and Hermes Infrastructure, part of Hermes Investment Management, are acquiring the stake from GS Infrastructure Partners and Infracapital.Borealis Infrastructure and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) will remain ABP shareholders. The transaction is conditional on customary clearances and is expected to close in the summer.The CPPIB already has a large presence in the U.K., with about $14.3 billion in investments in several sectors as of Dec. 31, 2014.Earlier this month, the board bought a portfolio of 40 student residences across the United Kingdom for $2.1 billion. read more

DUBLIN — Only centre Garry Ringrose has kept his run-on jersey in the Ireland side meeting the United States in a rugby international on Saturday at Lansdowne Road.Ringrose was the only repeat starter from the 16-9 win over New Zealand last weekend, while prop Cian Healy and flanker Josh van Der Flier were in the reserves.Lock Iain Henderson, flanker Jordi Murphy, and flyhalf Joey Carbery were replacements against the All Blacks and promoted to starters on Thursday, while reserve scrumhalf Luke McGrath was retained.Flanker Rhys Ruddock captains the second-string side which more closely resembles the one which thrashed Italy’s backup players 54-7 in Chicago at the start of the month.Uncapped Munster centre Sam Arnold was in the reserves.___Ireland: Will Addison, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Stuart McCloskey, Darren Sweetnam, Joey Carbery, John Cooney; Jack Conan, Jordi Murphy, Rhys Ruddock (captain), Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne, Finlay Bealham, Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne. Reserves: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, John Ryan, Quinn Roux, Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Ross Byrne, Sam Arnold.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

first_imgAway from the storms Friday will be a relatively cool and fresh day for most of the country with some sunshine.London is expected to see a high of 21C (70F), Cardiff 18C (64F) and Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast 17C (63F).Saturday and Sunday are expected to be similarly fresh, although a weather front will bring rain for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on Sunday. Waking up at 8:30 and finding out school is flooded is the best news— Henry Mason (@HenryM150699) September 16, 2016 11:19AMMan stuck in flood water Severe delays due to train collision and derailment at Waford. On way to Jo’s funeral #hopewegetthere— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 The landslip near Watford Junction station The landslip near Watford Junction stationCredit:PA A spokesman for London Midland said: “There is a train derailment at Watford Junction – it is the 6.19 service from Milton Keynes to London Euston.”It happened near the tunnels at Watford Junction station.”He said that because of where the incident happened, there will be disruption to services in and out of London Euston for at least most of the morning.Flash flooding hits south-eastIt comes after flash flooding hit parts of the south-east as thunderstorms washed away the recent heatwave, dumping almost half a month’s rain in a few hours. Flooding in Maidenhead High Street after downpours hit parts of the South East Some pictures of the light show overnight: Another train travelling in the opposite direction “gave a glancing blow” to the derailed train, Network Rail said.The incident caused major delays to services in and out of London Euston. Flooding in Maidenhead High Street after downpours hit parts of the South EastCredit:Dan Monroe/PA Wire “The showers and thunderstorms are going to carry on for quite some time moving slowly north and eastwards, remaining around London through the morning and all afternoon in East Anglia.”They will eventually clear off to the east, but it will be cool behind them. While it won’t be any colder than average it is going to feel a lot cooler than it has been.” 12:07PMPeople should remain vigilant Morning rush hour traffic makes its way along the M25 in heavy rainCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP 9:29AMDriver ‘reported hitting something’ Morning rush hour traffic makes its way along the M25 in heavy rain @VirginTrains my sisters funeral is in Streatham London at 12.15. There’s no way I will make it.— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 The train which his a landslide near Watford - taken by one of the passengers It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old Bill are warning: #thunderstorms, standing water, slippery roads, more rain. #DriveSmart y’all! ☔🌂🌧🌊— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) September 16, 2016 A yellow warning of rain is in place for much of England during Friday, rising to amber along a narrow corridor west of London where “exceptionally heavy, thundery rain” accompanied by hail is expected.Lightning strike near WokingSurrey Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to reports of a house struck by lightning near Woking, while crews worked to pump water out of flooded premises across the county. A spectacular lightning storm just north of Winchester Met Office meteorologist Martin Combe said 32.8mm of rain had fallen in just three hours in Farnborough, Hampshire – nearly half the 70mm average for September.He said: “The storms are quite slow moving so it means the amounts are starting to build up over time, so we may get higher figures and localised flooding. A train has derailed near Watford Junction station after striking a landslip caused by torrential rain, Network Rail said.A man was treated for a neck injury and a woman treated for chest pains after the 6.19 London Midland service from Milton Keynes to London Euston came off the track at around 7am. Transport for London said two Tube stations in west London were closed due to flooding, while there were reports of disruption on the M4.Fire chiefs advised motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads and turn around as pictures emerged of Maidenhead High Street resembling a swimming pool. Slow start to the day today on the train from Hemel! Still in the tunnel waiting to be evacuated pic.twitter.com/uIRXzjHxby— james campbell (@dessertdoctor) September 16, 2016 11:18AMLightning strikes Flooding at Didcot Parkway StationCredit:Michael D O’Shea/PA A spectacular lightning storm just north of WinchesterCredit: IslandVisions/BNPS Initially, all four lines of the West Cost main line were closed at the scene, but two were reopened at around 8am.Mr Frobisher added: “Our priority is to fully reopen the railway as soon as it is safe to do so. A full investigation into what happened will take place.”British Transport Police said officers were called to reports of a landslide at the Hunton Bridge Tunnel near Watford. They are working with fire and ambulance services at the scene. Campus junction in wgc town centre flooded again pic.twitter.com/p0qsZABL4Q— Terry Mitchinson (@EditorMitch) September 16, 2016 9:32AMTrains were ‘kissing each other’ Environment Agency flood risk manager Jonathan Day said they have teams out clearing river and stream grates of debris and will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary.”Further rainfall is expected on Friday afternoon. This may cause some localised disruption to transport and impacts to property from surface water flooding,” he said.”Showers could also develop on Saturday afternoon in the far south east of England. People should remain vigilant and check travel arrangements as this could fall across areas already affected by Friday morning’s downpours.”Mr Day urged people “not to drive through flood water”, saying it is “often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car”. Lightning strikes light up the skies over Newcastle Energy provider SSE said 1,273 homes across Basingstoke, Newbury, Reading and  Bournemouth were left without power as a result of lightning.  “Engineers are on site and train services are now running through the area but it will be some time before a normal timetable resumes,” he said. 10:50AMPassenger set to miss sister’s funeral 1609 Weather D Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to rescue a man from a car stuck in flood water under a railway bridge on Portsmouth Road in Godalming at around 6.40am.They also attended a fire caused by lightning that struck a row of six garages on Beechwood Road in Knaphill at around 9.30am. Two motorbikes were damaged, and no-one was hurt in the blaze. There were reports of roads and properties being inundated across Surrey, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London as a band of torrential rain moved in from the Channel overnight, prompting the Environment Agency to issue a series of flood warnings.The weather front is due to send temperatures tumbling ahead of the weekend, just days after parts of the country baked in 34C (93F) heat. Virgin passenger Steph McCahill has been tweeting about her miserable experience trying to get to her sister Jo’s funeral in Streatham, south London: 9:59AMPassengers still in the tunnel 12:23PMDramatic footage of the storms Lightning strikes light up the skies over NewcastleCredit:Alan Wallace/North News There has been an incident at Watford Junction this morning. The extent of delays is not confirmed. So sorry for the delays all— London Midland (@LondonMidland) September 16, 2016 9:24AMBritons wake up to flooding British Transport Police said officers were working with fire and ambulance services at the scene.Passengers were advised to check http://www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest updates on services.Francis Thomas from London Midland told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the driver of the train “reported hitting something” which caused the train to derail.”This is the busiest piece of railway that carries freight and passengers in the whole of Europe, it affects anything that goes to the West Midlands, to the North West and Scotland – all train services have been affected this morning, it will take quite a long time to get the service recovered,” he added.”We have got extra staff on site assisting those passengers (on the train) and that is our focus – to look after those passengers, make sure they are all right and get them to their final destinations.”Mr Thomas said trains go in and out of London Euston every 90 seconds, and that he expects “there will be disruption until lunchtime, and possibly longer”. Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said a train hit a landslip caused by torrential rain, resulting in a small section of the train leaving the tracks a few miles north of Watford.The train remained upright and there are no reported passenger injuries, he added. Flooding at Didcot Parkway Station @EastHerts Also outside Hert N station. It’s flooded. AGAIN! Dangerous for pedestrians & motorists. PLEASE sort it. pic.twitter.com/aliSyNYdgI— Karen Brinklow (@Precipus) September 16, 2016 Train has now terminated at Rugby. We’re not going to make the funeral. It’s pretty miserable.— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 Radio reporter Sarah Lowther, who was on the derailed train, said two trains were “kissing each other” in a tunnel.She spoke of a “Dunkirk spirit” on board as passengers helped one another, but said she was “worried” about the driver, who had a bad back after the crash.Speaking to Morning Money radio, she said: “The trees were taken down from the side of the rail line last year. Trees have roots, roots hold the mud … The mud had nothing to cling on to.”It was the first time I’ve actually flown on a train; when we came off the tracks I assumed the brace position.”Everyone is looking after each other with water and sugar but we’re worried about our driver.”A pregnant woman was on board who emergency services were trying to remove from the train, she added.Ms Lowther got on the train at 6.47am at Berkhamsted, which was hit by an “oncoming” train at 7.01am. 11:19AMHomes without power The train which his a landslide near Watford – taken by one of the passengersCredit:Adam Gray/SWNS.comlast_img read more

first_imgTHE FUNERAL WILL take place today of justice campaigner Christine Buckley who died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.Buckley was brought up in Goldenbridge industrial school where she suffered years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of the Sisters of Mercy.She went on to found the Aislinn Centre for abuse survivors and was a tireless campaigner for justice for child abuse victims.Buckley’s funeral will take place this morning in the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion in Dublin followed by burial at Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankill.Buckely is survived by her husband Donal and her children Cliona, Darragh and Conor.Separately, the funeral will also take place today of actress Eileen Colgan.Her funeral Mass will take place at Church of the Visitation in Fairview, followed by burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery in Enniskerry.Colgan was married with four children and eight grandchildren.Read: “We are devastated”: Campaigner and abuse survivor Christine Buckley has died >last_img read more

first_imgL’iPhone low cost pour le second semestre 2013 ? À la mi-décembre, un analyste de chez Jefferies avait annoncé qu’Apple travaillait sur une version low-cost de l’iPhone. Aujourd’hui, les choses se précisent par l’intermédiaire d’indiscrétions provenant du site Digitimes.Élargir son catalogue pour toucher de nouveau marché, telle semble être la nouvelle volonté d’Apple, après le succès rencontré par l’iPad Mini en Chine. Cette rumeur provient du site Digitimes, et, d’après ses sources, se matérialiserait sous la forme d’un iPhone low cost.Low cost, mais grand écran ! Cette nouvelle référence Apple, qui sortirait pour le second semestre 2013, comporterait, d’après les sources de Digitimes, un écran plus grand que l’actuel iPhone. Une information qui peu paraître étrange aux premiers abords : comment un smartphone Apple avec un écran plus grand pourrait être un modèle low cost ?Il faudrait donc peut être se tourner vers les composants interne du smartphone, avec, peut être, l’utilisation d’une puce A4x ou A5X, ou des matériaux moins huppé pour habiller le dispositif.Un smartphone déjà en production ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette rumeur fait suite à celle lancée à la mi-décembre par un analyste du cabinet Jefferies,qui croyait savoir que la firme de Cupertino serait déjà en phase de production concernant cet iPhone “Light” : elle aurait même commandé un certain nombre d’exemplaires à Foxconn, à raison de 200.000 à 300.000 unités par jour !Un chiffre très impressionnant mais qui paraît peu probable pour une sortie dans la seconde partie de l’année : en effet, avant la mise en production, les machines d’assemblage doivent être testées avec les nouveaux composants (pour l’iphone low cost, il s’agirait donc d’un écran plus grand et d’une intégration de composants plus anciens que pour l’iPhone 5). Une telle charge de production indiqueraient que ces tests auraient eu lieu quelque mois auparavant, pendant la phase de production de l’iPhone 5 !L’ensemble de ces rumeurs seraient donc à prendre avec précaution, même si derrière certaines d’entre elles peut se dissimuler la vérité.  Le 9 janvier 2013 à 16:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more